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SEATTLE, Washington – Behind the near sublime acting of Jennifer Lawrence, the boyish smiles of Josh Hutcherson, and uncharacteristically poor swimming skills from Sam Claifin’s character Finnick Odair (a would-be Poseidon figure) lies a movie that brilliantly portrays poverty in a dystopian society.
In a world where the one percent, as represented by the Capitol, wields an Orwellian control over its inhabitants, “Catching Fire” makes it known that this is not a film about glory. Even further, it is one of those exceptional films that illustrates the effects of poverty without turning it into a zoo: the audience watches and prods from the safety behind the bars while the caged animals lie sedately before them…
Art is a frequent medium for human expression and resistance, and within that space of creation and possibility is the opportunity to find ways to fight poverty and alleviate the suffering of the global poor…
What causes someone to become a humanitarian or a philanthropist? Are selfless acts inherently selfish? Does it even matter why someone gives? The psychology of philanthropy is a fascinating look at what makes compassion tick.
Humanitarians are found to share one particular experience: “a transformative engagement with ‘the other.’” When recounting their initial motivation for becoming a humanitarian, they express that from an early age, they got to know someone different from them and came to the understanding that they were more alike than they thought. They also share interesting traits, including “an awareness of the complexity and inter-relatedness of human problems; and an ability to turn anger, sorrow, and other negative emotions into a force for good.” Read more…
BERKELEY, California – In 2008, obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Laura Stachel traveled to northern Nigeria to conduct research on the country’s high incidence of maternal mortality during childbirth. What she learned shocked her.
While observing an emergency cesarean section at a local hospital, the area lost electricity, causing the hospital to be flooded in darkness. If it was not for a flashlight Stachel brought with her, the physicians would have been forced to discontinue or compromise the surgery…
Countless everyday appliances and gadgets would not exist if it were not for the minerals that come from Africa. From cars to cell phones, laptops, airplanes and batteries, much of what makes the world go round depends on resource-rich African nations that are being fueled by a global commodities boom.
Read more for a list of specific examples…
Although Africa has long been seen as the forgotten continent, it is more important now to the United States and the rest of the world than ever before. Home to 6 of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world, the continent is increasingly in the eye of foreign investors from London, New York, Shanghai and Dubai. Here are some of the innovations that are changing the face of Africa in this rapid transformation from an allegedly “lost” continent to a new growth engine.
In America, we often tend to live inside of a bubble, a comfortable space in which we utilize blissful ignorance to the outside world and its problems.
But this bubble has a negative impact on what’s beyond it – the rest of the world. By choosing to live in ignorance, people who need help are unable to receive it. Where that problem begins is in the home – with children.
These books educate and reinforce principles regarding economic differences, while also validating the emotions of the poor readers. The refreshing part is that these books do not intend to preach; they teach the values of resourcefulness and gratefulness.
Heifer International Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty. When American Dan Heifer worked as an aid worker during the Spanish Civil War he realized that distributing cups of milk to the hungry was only a temporary solution. He thought to himself “why not give them a cow?” This is the philosophy that drives Heifer International.
Their holiday gift catalog titled “The Most Important Gift Catalog in the World” allows individuals the chance to give a very meaningful gift to those on their list. In the catalog you can chose from a variety of options including donating an animal, providing women with empowerment, supporting sustainable farming, or providing families with basic necessities. Here are some of the great gifts you can give:
1. Heifer – $500 (full) or $50 (share)
2. Sheep – $120 (full) or $10 (share)
3. Bountiful Harvest Basket – $72
4. Gift of Irrigation Pumps – $150
5. Launch a Small Business – $365
Fair Trade USA is a leading nonprofit organization that certifies Fair Trade Products in the United States. Fair Trade USA authorizes trading between the United States and all other global traders, working toward just and ethical transactions. Its overarching mission is to ensure fair payment to farmers and workers, maintain healthy working conditions and improve quality of life for these communities.
For manufacturers and farmers, Fair Trade USA seeks to empower community development by way of teaching. When fair trade brings in new manufacturers and retailers into the fair trade market, the organization provides them with tools, training and other business resources.The fair trade model encourages manufacturers and farmers to transition toward organic business practices and educates them on its benefits. Fair Trade also requires protection of local resources, while ensuring that farmers receive a harvest price, which allows for sustainable measures. The goal is to get the most out of their land, and their business…
According to H&M’s holiday mission statement:
“Water is a key resource for H&M and essential throughout our value chain. In our work and partnership with WaterAid, the focal point is to improve access to water, sanitation and hygiene education (WASH) in countries where H&M operates. WaterAid is an international non-governmental organization focused on improving access to these basic human rights in developing countries”.
H&M’s support for WaterAid has been constant since 2002, and has helped over 180,000 of the poorest people in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan gain long-term access to clean water and safe sanitation facilities…
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Every year Water Aid helps hundreds of thousands of the world’s poorest families to build new toilets, using local materials, & low-cost solutions.
Germs in human waste spread diarrheal diseases that claim the lives of 2,000 young children every day. And, without a private toilet, women and girls lack dignity and are vulnerable to harassment and even attack.